If you’ve been following the debate over Net Neutrality, which we’ve been talking about in this space and others since last summer, you know that a remarkable, inspiring, and kinda crazy thing happened: We won!
Well, almost. Earlier this month, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to put forward strong Net Neutrality rules, including the crucial Title II reclassification that we’ve been pushing for all along. We’re so glad that our government is doing what it’s supposed to do: listening to us, and to you, and to the millions of people who filed comments. We’ve made clear that the Internet needs to be open and free — a place where people can say and see what they want, a place that isn’t divided into fast and slow lanes. Even President Obama agreed.
And so the FCC listened. But, as you might imagine, the cable companies aren’t happy. And they’re still trying to get the FCC to change the plan before the vote on February 26. It’s important that we all rally behind the Chairman’s proposal until the final t’s are crossed and i’s dotted. The devil is in the details, after all, and the FCC needs to include some important technical specifics in its final proposal.
Title II reclassification is essential because it gives the FCC authority to adopt good rules, but it isn’t enough. The rules themselves have to be really good. Without bright-line rules against discrimination and also against zero-rating, the big, incumbent companies will still have an unfair advantage.
In these last few days, let’s make sure that the FCC guarantees real Net Neutrality — without any loopholes. You can speak out on your own social networks, by filing a comment directly with the FCC, using Tumblr’s tool to call your representative or joining Demand Progress’ Battle for the Net. See, you’re free to use whatever website you like! Let’s make sure it stays that way.